Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

White House Targets Transgender Students: Bad For Us All

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 24, 2017 in Quite Queerly
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.

Is Our Nation Suffering From a Dissociative Disorder?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on February 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
There's a diagnostic feeding frenzy about the President, and every possible perspective weighing in on the debate. How about our collective psyche, though? What's up with that?

3 Reasons You Can't Stop Crying Over a Deceased Loved One

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in We Can Work It Out
Einstein said that energy can't be destroyed. When we "die" our soul energy lives on. Therefore, our relationships are not meant to end with bodily death.

I Wanted to Be Superman. I Failed.

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Did you ever want to be a Superhero? Did you ever connect with fictional characters in a meaningful way? There might be a therapeutic reason for this.
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Can Addiction Start in the ER?

Is the opioid epidemic jump-started in the Emergency Room?

How X-Men Helped Me Recover From PTSD

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Have you ever felt depressed or anxious? Have you felt alone in these experiences? Connections with people or fictional characters might help us better.

Post Election Stress Disorder: Is It a Thing?

The APA just released their Stress in America survey. Results suggest we are stressed out, especially over politics. Perhaps Post Election Stress Disorder is a thing after all!

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

Are you struggling with PTSD and getting limited results from conventional medications and psychotherapy? Virtual reality graded exposure therapy (VRGET) may help.

Why Not Circumcise Your Boy? Risk for Autism

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
New research raises new questions.

Self-Driving Cars and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The New Normal
The fear of self-driving cars.

Emotional Trauma, Context, Authenticity

Emotional trauma discloses painful truths about our existential vulnerabilities.

When Your Child Falsely Accuses You of Child Abuse: My Story

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
When my son recently falsely accused me of "child abuse," I researched the issue and found very little support online. Here, I offer guidance that can hopefully help other parents.

How to Hurt Me - How to Love Me

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
Read more on how life experiences leave traumatic scars or trigger-quick negative responses that we may not even see coming.

Who Is Responsible For the Crash?

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Is Apple guilty?

Self-Actualization Through Music

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.

Hope for Restavek Children in Haiti

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in To Heal and Carry On
New HDI research finds that culturally adapted intervention lowers PTSD symptoms and spiritual struggles in traumatized Haitian children sold into slavery.

Solving the Problem for Elephants

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on February 08, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Captive-held male elephants are underserved by sanctuaries. Here's how the problem is being fixed.

The Burden of Memory (part 2)

If most of our memories are false, how can we decide who we are?

The Burden of Memory (part 1)

Recent cognitive science supports the view that memories are confabulations of the past rehearsed for the future. What about historical memory?

How the Little Things Make or Break a Relationship

Paying attention to the small things can make a big difference in your relationship. Here's why.

You Are Not Alone in Being Retraumatized by Trump

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on February 06, 2017 in Me Before We
Physical connection, emotional connection, and sharing your struggle with others will help you find strength and unity in this time of political upheaval.

The Medical-Military Mindset

Denying depression and suicide ideation

What You May Not Know About Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Rather than being satisfied when they murder, serial killers are driven toward repeating their killings in an unending “serial” cycle.

5 Essential Facts About Children and War

If we want to help children exposed to armed conflict, we would do well to heed the findings of recent studies.

Beyond 50 Shades Darker: Debunking Popular Myths About BDSM

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Standard Deviations
With the upcoming release of "Fifty Shades Darker," groundbreaking new research challenges stereotypes about BDSM participants portrayed in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.
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Word Matters

Mind and body are connected; both hateful and compassionate speech affect our bodies, our immune and cardiovascular systems and our brains.

StarTalk: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Game of Thrones Psychology

Neil deGrasse Tyson conducts interviews on "StarTalk" including this look at the science of "Game of Thrones" with a segment devoted to the psychology of both characters and fans.

Trauma and First Responders: When the Helpers Need Help

It’s not easy to admit you’re struggling emotionally. It’s even harder when you’re one who usually comes to the rescue of others.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

How is prenatal stress affecting you and your developing baby? Simple stress reduction skills can make a difference.

Personal Risk in a Time of Public Uncertainty

The recent entry ban by President Trump may seem remote from the topic of household hazards, but risk is relative.